Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Short call-out for Bucketty #1

Bucketty 1 responded as far as the station driveway this evening as calls to a grass fire in Laguna area were investigated by our Deputy Group Captain with nil result. Still, given the heavy rains we were happy not to go out in it :) Thanks to all for turning out and staying on until the all-clear

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Crews Out

Last nights weather change has bought welcome relief to Bucketty Brigade crew's, having been operational and on standby much of the past couple of weeks. Last night saw crews in 1 & 9 respond to Paynes Crossing only to respond back to Bucketty a couple of hours later as smoke filled the area from unknown source. Early morning patrol found nothing today and Bucketty 9 crew returned to assist at Paynes Crossing. See you back home safe later folks.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Yengo Ops

Bucketty #9 and crew took a couple of trips out to the far western edge of Lower Hunter over the weekend with sorties out on Sunday night to the Howes Valley Trail Fire [nice job SnrDC Dave & Stan] and all day Monday to the Nowllands Fire. There it was great to work with our friends from National Parks and crews from Wollombi and Mullbring, with Bucketty #9 having crew from Bucketty and Laguna on-board; great to work with you all folks, and an excellent result.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Another TOBAN tomorrow

SEVERE Fire Danger and TOBAN for tomorrow, Saturday

MVA Great North Road

Bucketty #9 and crew on-scene single motorcycle MVA, Great North Rd, Fernances today with power lines down. Road remains closed at this time - see RTA live traffic updates for further information.


Thanks all for the turnout and for Bucketty #1 crew standing by at station.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

TOBAN Friday

A SEVERE fire danger has been posted for Friday 11th along with a TOTAL FIRE BAN from midnight for 24 hours.

Leaving early is the safest option for your survival.

Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety – but only stay if you are physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.

If you’re not prepared, leave early in the day.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Random start to the day...

Cat #9 crew @ station this morning.
Emotional rollercoaster as roller-door motor installers surprised us by turning up to start work. All very overwhelmed we were by our mysterious benefactor until we called their office to check and found out they should've been at Martin's Creek station instead :( Ah well easy come easy go :)

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Closing down...

Bucketty Station closing down for the night; much thanks to all our Crews and Support for giving so much of their time on standby at the station today as well as to those members who remained on standby throughout the day at home.

Lunchtime update and all's well

34 degrees in the shade and 29% humidity but the winds have dropped since earlier today. All good here

Monday, 7 January 2013

TOBAN & SEVERE FDI for Tuesday

SEVERE Fire Danger and TOBAN for tomorrow Tuesday.
Note also that our neighbours in Gosford and Wyong have both declared an Extreme Fire Danger.


Statewide TOBAN

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the whole of NSW from midnight tonight for Tuesday.

Hot one tomorrow

Brigade will have a crew on stand-by and station will be open tomorrow for what is shaping up to be a hot and windy day with temperatures projected to exceed 40 and westerly winds 25-40 km/h. Fire danger will be advised after 1630hrs today.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

MVA Settlers Rd

Bucketty 1 & 9 responded to a single vehicle MVA on Settlers Rd earlier today. No persons trapped and the road was only closed for a short while. Much thanks to Mark, Shane and Dennis for their quick turn out this afternoon.

Friday, 4 January 2013

A hot start to the year

Happy 2013 to all our friends and supporters and our thoughts with South Australia and Victoria today under Catastrophic Fire Danger conditions with statewide TOBANs in place